International Cheer Union (ICU) gains IOC recognition & ICU 2021 World Championships

Cheerleading takes a virtual spin this year at the 2021 ICU World Championships and Junior World Championships

On 20 July 2021, the International Olympic Committee has given full recognition status to the International Cheer Union (ICU), marking an important milestone for the 100 year old sport. In a press announcement issued by President of the International Cheer Union, Jeffrey G. Webb, he affirmed that this recognition is a culmination of decades of work to establish Cheer as a respected, highly athletic sport that appeals to millions of young athletes throughout the world.

“I can truly say that this achievement would not have been possible without the amazing efforts of our National Federation members. Your enthusiastic efforts to build our sport in your respective countries and your unwavering support of the ICU, even in challenging times, have helped us carry the day”.

Recognition by the IOC will help Cheer grow as a sport at the grass roots level in a healthy and constructive way.

Watch the videos on the best moves and choreographies from Cheerleading teams all over the world in the virtual edition of the 2021 World Championships which took place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th.

View video on the official Olympic Channel.

Broadcast performance order: view link

History of Cheer

Although various forms of Cheerleading (“Cheer”) have certainly been in existence for thousands of years (e.g. leading crowds in Cheers & Chants, and entertaining during sport events), the Sport of Cheer’s beginning is traditionally defined from an era when USAuniversity students and faculty, at their respective university sporting events – led and entertained their crowds with Chants and Cheers starting in the later 1800’s. (See ICU History

Cheerleading Associations in Asia

Cheerleading Association and Register of Malaysia (CHARM)
President: CHONG Siew Han
No. 34, Jalan 12/12
46200 Petaling Jaya

Asosiasi Pemandu Sorak Indonesia (Indonesian Cheerleading Association)
President:  Dee Anggraini
Jl. Sidomukti No. 28, Sukaluyu, Bandung
Jawa Barat
Indonesia – 40123

Philippine Cheerleading Alliance (PCA)
209 M. Paterno Street, Bgy. Pasadena
San Juan City, Metro Manila, NCR
President: Carlos Valdes III
Vice President: Paula Nunag

Cheer Association of Thailand (CAT)
Dr. Suebsai BOONVEERABUT, President
Rutchanee PREEDAKAMONRAT, Secretary General
55 Srinakarin Road, Nongbon, Prawet
Bangkok 10250

Cheerleading Association (Singapore)
President:  Lin Fuxiang Jimmy
170 Upper Bukit Timah Rd
588179 #B2-11

Chinese Taipei Cheerleading Association(CTCA)
Address: Rm. 909, 9F., No.20, Zhulun St.,
Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104,Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Phone Number: +886-2-8772-6372
Facebook: CTCA or Cheer Taiwan
Email Address: or

Cheerleading Federation of Hong Kong, China (CFHK)
Honorable President: YEN Danny
Vice Presidents: HSU Kenneth, Jimmy Chan, Chan Wing Hong
Mailing Address: H.K.G.P.O.Box 5750, Central, Hong Kong SAR. China
Phone: +852-25279288

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This article has been compiled from various sources of the International Olympic Council and International Cheer Union.

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